UAE issues new law against hate crimes and discrimination

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates has issued a law against discrimination in any form

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UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed has issued a law against discrimination in any form on the foundation of religion, class, race or ethnicity, reported WAM news agency on Monday.

No. 02 Law of 2015 bans any form of hate crimes that attack religions through any form, speech, written word, or via online media. The law aims to safeguard the community on the basis of and environment of tolerance and open-mindedness.

The new law also criminalizes any vandalism of religious symbols, rituals or holy rites. Citizens are encouraged to report any form of religious-hate incitement or racism to the authorities.

Penalties for violation of the various provisions of the law include jail-terms of six months to over 10 years and fines from AED50,000 to AED2 million.

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